Tales from Firozsha Baag

In these eleven stories, Rohinton Mistry opens our eyes and our hearts to the rich, complex patterns of life inside Firozsha Baag, an apartment building in Bombay Here are Jaakaylee, the ghost seer, and Najamai, the only owner of a refrigerator in Firozsha Baag Rustomji the Curmudgeon and Kersi, the young boy whose life threads through the book and who narrates the finalIn these eleven stories, Rohinton Mistry opens our eyes and our hearts to the rich, complex patterns of life inside Firozsha Baag, an apartment building in Bombay Here are Jaakaylee, the ghost seer, and Najamai, the only owner of a refrigerator in Firozsha Baag Rustomji the Curmudgeon and Kersi, the young boy whose life threads through the book and who narrates the final story as an adult in Toronto We see their passions, their worst fears, their betrayals, and their humorous acts of revenge Witty and poignant, in turns, these intersecting stories create a finely textured mosaic of lives and illuminate a world poised between the old ways and the new.
Tales from Firozsha Baag In these eleven stories Rohinton Mistry opens our eyes and our hearts to the rich complex patterns of life inside Firozsha Baag an apartment building in Bombay Here are Jaakaylee the ghost seer a

  • Title: Tales from Firozsha Baag
  • Author: Rohinton Mistry
  • ISBN: 9780771060953
  • Page: 397
  • Format: Paperback
  • Swimming Lessons and Other Stories from Firozsha Baag Firozsha Baag is an apartment building in Bombay Its ceilings need plastering and some of the toilets leak appallingly, but its residents are far from desperate, though sometimes contentious and unforgiving. Rohinton Mistry Books, Biography, Blog Visit s Rohinton Mistry Page and shop for all Rohinton Mistry books Check out pictures, bibliography, and biography of Rohinton Mistry Facts About Indian Royal Families That Will Even Not everybody is born with a silver spoon but the one s who do, get something than just royalty as god s gift They get immortality The fact that they will be remembered in folk tales and books, even decades after they are gone And that s not just because of their grand monuments or Such a Long Journey novel Such a Long Journey is a novel by Rohinton Mistry.It was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and won several other awards In the book made headlines when it was withdrawn from the University of Mumbai s English syllabus after complaints from the family of the Hindu nationalist politician Bal Thackeray. Canadian literature Britannica Canadian literature Canadian literature, the body of written works produced by Canadians Reflecting the country s dual origin and its official bilingualism, the literature of Canada can be split into two major divisions English and French This article provides a brief historical account of each of these Ideadiez Ideadiez Home

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    Rohinton Mistry

    Rohinton Mistry is considered to be one of the foremost authors of Indian heritage writing in English Residing in Brampton, Ontario, Canada, Mistry belongs to the Parsi Zoroastrian religious minority.Mistry s first novel, Such a Long Journey 1991 , brought him national and international recognition Mistry s subsequent novels have achieved the same level of recognition as his first His second novel, A Fine Balance 1995 , concerns four people from Bombay who struggle with family and work against the backdrop of the political unrest in India during the mid 1970s The book won Canada s Giller Prize, the Commonwealth Writers Award, and the Los Angeles Times Book Award It was nominated for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and was a finalist for the Booker Prize Mistry won the prestigious Neustadt International Prize for Literature in 2012.Author photo courtesy of Faber and Faber website article at THIS LINK.

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    • Praj said:
      Jul 20, 2018 - 00:58 AM

      It is said that when the British left India, they gifted their mannerism to the Parsis. I do not know the authenticity of such whimsical statements, although I have never seen any community with such great degree of clear-cut decorum. Parsi is a Persian Zoroastrian ethnic community; a minority in the Indian sub-continent. In a religion conscious environment Parsis are the most –mild-mannered and according to my adolescent psyche aromatic individuals. As a child my pleasant memories of experien [...]

    • Garima said:
      Jul 20, 2018 - 00:58 AM

      "Patterns of life are selfish and unforgiving."Reading this book was akin to watching Basu Chatterjee’s movie Khatta Meetha (sour and sweet) and just like the movie’s title, the Tales from Firozsha Baag are laced with a bittersweet taste, hence presenting us with a delectable feast to be savored and cherished for a long time. Rohinton Mistry is a reader’s writer and gives us a fiction that makes its course through ‘reality’ as its central theme, which further substantiate the fact abou [...]

    • Cheryl said:
      Jul 20, 2018 - 00:58 AM

      "Old bai took English words and made them Parsi words. Easy chair was igeechur, French beans was ferach beech, and Jacqueline became Jakaylee. Later I found out that all old Parsis did this, it was like they made their own private language.I'll follow this language any day. In these stories Firozsha Baag's language is pronounced in sharp, italicized, abbreviated tunes of the kind of laughter and pain that follows everyday life, of the fabric of life within a community, of the nuances of a people [...]

    • Himanshu said:
      Jul 20, 2018 - 00:58 AM

      "World can be a bewildering place,and dreams and ambitions are often paths to the most pernicious of traps"In the early decades of the post-independent India, Mistry here tells us about the lives and idiosyncrasies of certain residents in an apartment complex in Bombay. But, before I say any further, let me bore you with something I have to say:My childhood was spent and cherished in a mohalla(colony, not an apartment complex) in a small city. There was no Parsi family in our neighborhood. The t [...]

    • notgettingenough said:
      Jul 20, 2018 - 00:58 AM

      A paired look at Rohinton Mistry Tales from Firozsha Baag and Michael Chabon Werewolves in Their Youth.I chanced upon these back to back, both short story collections, both by writers in their working youth – Mistry’s first book and an early one for Chabon. Both as much as anything nostalgic, bittersweet recollections of childhood, the middle class childhoods of their own existences.Chabon: laugh out loud funny – you know…so that it gets almost irritating for those who are suffering thro [...]

    • Gorab Jain said:
      Jul 20, 2018 - 00:58 AM

      4+Read these 11 stories over a couple of weeks and it was a blissful experience!A great collection of short stories, because:1. They are not very short (30-40 pages each)2. Characters criss cross in each others stories.So in effect, felt this was a good novel impersonating as short stories. Mistry's story-telling techniques are at an altogether different level.This one focuses on human emotions and observations from middle class Parsi families living in a building called Firozsha Baag.This was m [...]

    • Paul said:
      Jul 20, 2018 - 00:58 AM

      This is a collection of short stories based around an apartment complex in Bombay occupied mostly by members of the Parsi community. The stories stand alone but are closely intertwined and set over a period of years, so children in the earlier stories are seen as adults later. Mistry picks out the idiosyncrasies and indelicacies of daily life; foibles and habits are laid bare. Neighbours fall out and get along. Birth and death take their place, faith, superstition and scepticism also. Ordinary l [...]

    • Algernon said:
      Jul 20, 2018 - 00:58 AM

      It is better to live in want among your family and your friends, who love you and care for you, than to be unhappy surrounded my vacuum cleaners and dish-washers and big shiny motor cars. Poverty and the lack of of opportunity sends the narrator to a distant promised land (Canada) but his heart remains with his Parsi family and their colourful neighbors living in a rundown Mumbai tenement named Firozsa Baag. Despite being episodic in presentation and jumping from one point of view to another, th [...]

    • Jigar Brahmbhatt said:
      Jul 20, 2018 - 00:58 AM

      I want to give a warm hug to this book. Such observant and patiently crafted stories! There is hardly anything in the name of plot here. What works are the everyday colors, the going-ons of a middle class Indian life, and mild, unhurried events that help Mistry keep the reader thoroughly invested, while he dives into the lives of the Parsi folks, his narratives ranging from inner monologue to richly detailed free indirect style to colloquial first persons. I am awed by the simplicity here and ho [...]

    • Jo said:
      Jul 20, 2018 - 00:58 AM

      I have Rohinton Mistry’s A Fine Balance on my shelf but because of its size, I’ve hesitated to read it. This collection therefore was the perfect introduction to his work and has now made me want to read the former very soon whatever its size.Tales from Firozsha Baag book hooked me so quickly that I sat and raced through most of the first story, Auspicious Occasion, soon after buying a copy. It had me smiling straight away with the story of Rustomoji being unable to go to the bathroom becaus [...]

    • Aubrey said:
      Jul 20, 2018 - 00:58 AM

      This is what I get for trying to make up for past naively ignorant evaluations of an author with works that aren't my strong suit. Humor? Short stories? Character driven domestics with sensationalist sprinkles of tragedy? All have succeeded at some point, but in such rare and solitary moments that a work conquering through the use of each in tandem would more likely than not prove a favorite. I would have latched onto novel (to me) politics and history and cultural infusions had there been suffi [...]

    • Yoana said:
      Jul 20, 2018 - 00:58 AM

      You can tell this is a debut. The collection is uneven, the author seems unsure - some stories don't have a clear direction, others explain too much (crime in the short genre IMO), as if anxious to not be misunderstood; the language is excessively rich, as if to make sure the reader knows this is literary fiction. Even so, most stories are told from a deep need for storytelling - they're sincere, unafraid to tackle the humongous topic of the human condition and at times genuinely moving or refle [...]

    • Doctor said:
      Jul 20, 2018 - 00:58 AM

      This is one book, of which I told to myself as I turned the last page; I should have read it much much earlier. At the end the stories give you the taste and smell of a novel. The stories tell you that one need not go about searching for a niche material to tell a story. The small things of life in the very surrounding around you have a lot of content for a good story. You have to capture the essence - the essential humor element,sufferings,joys man experiences in the mid of community life. Spea [...]

    • Sookie said:
      Jul 20, 2018 - 00:58 AM

      Minus the obvious references to a specific community, the stories can belong to anyone who has lived a life in a (cramped) apartment complex. The dynamics between people is what makes this collection stand out. They all have couple of things in common - self actualization and a bittersweet ending.Mistry has a wonderful way in transcending human nature into words. This wasn't a fun read. The stories are about people we have known in our lives. An uncle here, an aunty there, a friend's relative on [...]

    • Ananthu said:
      Jul 20, 2018 - 00:58 AM

      Stellar. Mistry never disappoints. A book to be cherished, savored, and ravened forever. A few thoughts hover around me, and once they alight and I make peace them, put some kind of end to their piffling, I'll write something down. This book deserves it.

    • Sandhya said:
      Jul 20, 2018 - 00:58 AM

      This was my first introduction to an author who made it to the elite club of NRI writers in the 80s--- all of whom made a definite impression in the world of literature and gave Indian Writing In English the prestige it enjoys today.Rohinton Mistry is primarily known for two of his works, Such a Long Journey and Family Matters. Yet, I'm glad I was introduced to his writing with Tales From Firozsha Baag - a book of short stories where Mistry recounts life in a Parsi colony in Bombay in the 80s. R [...]

    • Ajay said:
      Jul 20, 2018 - 00:58 AM

      An excellent collection of loosely interlinked short stories that deftly handles moments of nostalgia and middle class quirkiness, presenting a microcosm of shared lives that draws you in the more you progress through the tales.

    • Patty said:
      Jul 20, 2018 - 00:58 AM

      A collection of interconnected stories about the tenants of an apartment block. The first story features a couple who have some maintenance issues in their apartment that result in physical discomfort and logistical inconvenience, and then the story winds out into a public humiliation, a frustrated attempt to celebrate a religious occasion, and a murder. Most of the events are never returned to in the remainder of the book, and although I thought this was the weakest story in the collection, it [...]

    • Madelyn said:
      Jul 20, 2018 - 00:58 AM

      Rohinton Mistry's novels have writing which is lush in its description. This collection of short stories (Mistry's first published work, I believe) does not disappoint. His command of language is great; and while there were not too many English words unknown to me, the context around words like MEGRIMS and PLANGENCY gave the reader enough clues to grasp the meanings. While reading the first story of the interconnected lives of Parsi neighbours in a Bombay apartment complex, I wished for a glossa [...]

    • Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance said:
      Jul 20, 2018 - 00:58 AM

      Rohinton Mistry is the author of two books I've raved about, Family Matters and A Fine Balance. Consequently, I was eager to read this bookring book, his first published work, a collection of short stories. My assessment: Exactly what you might expect from a great author's first published work, especially from a great author's first published collection of short stories: hints of greatness. Not every story was magnificent, mind you, but there were enough hints of greatness to lead one to expect [...]

    • Anthoney said:
      Jul 20, 2018 - 00:58 AM

      While the stereotyping and the bigoted slurs are jarring, the writing and the stories are moving. A Man Booker nominee and this being his book I was attempting, I was dreading it to be a heavy literature but was relieved to read the language to be simple and stories funny. But with all those sharp perspectives, the high literary quotient is evident and a relish without being overpowering. Class act, indeed

    • Ranjini said:
      Jul 20, 2018 - 00:58 AM

      How to describe such a wonderful collection of stories! The collection describes oh-so-effortlessly, the life in Firozsha Baag, of being born and raised as a Parsi, their nuances and beliefs, the idiosyncrasies of each flat member, their likes and dislikes and each story is interlinked to one another.Really enjoyed this one.The characters are etched out wonderfully, the detail to description is wonderful.I loved each and every story.Somewhere, I perhaps had a yearning for more (like closure?) He [...]

    • Amogha said:
      Jul 20, 2018 - 00:58 AM

      Memories may stem from sepia-tinted glasses of nostalgia but there are that are stories that are best remembered when they play out in color - vivid and bright - a mix of over-saturated pigments like the HD screens screaming from a modern day television shop. Only then do you stop to watch. What Rohinthon Misthry does is precisely this. He picks up the seemingly dull stones of Bombay and describes in detail the light richoteting off the trapped pieces. Tales from Ferozsha Bagh traces the lives o [...]

    • Abhishek Pathak said:
      Jul 20, 2018 - 00:58 AM

      First let me introduce the author to you guys who recently made an entry to MY elite list of prominent authors.Mr. Rohinton Mistry was born in Bombay in 1952 and then moved to Canada in 1975.Tales from Firozsha Baag is his first novel which was published in 1987 & was nominated for Booker prize in 1996. What should i tell you about him to eulogize him,because i really fall short of words when i think about his work,his characters, the plot he creates,the narration he gives and the way he exp [...]

    • Shabbeer Hassan said:
      Jul 20, 2018 - 00:58 AM

      I am a fan of Short Stories. The whole idea of starting the book from any page is quite exciting and less intimidating. Have you seen the size of some of those books? Tales from Firosha Baag is one of the best collections of short stories I have come across.The short stories have been penned down by the author of Indian origin based in Canada, Rohinton Mistry. Does the author’s name ring any bells? Rohinton Mistry was in the news for all the wrong reasons in the recent past. One of the fanatic [...]

    • Erin said:
      Jul 20, 2018 - 00:58 AM

      The concept is great. This isn’t just a collection of random, unrelated stories. Firozsha Baag is an apartment complex in Mumbai, and its inhabitants form a fairly tight-knit community - the kind of place where everyone knows each others’ names (as well as their business). Each story features a different member of the complex as its main character and, therefore, is told from a completely unique perspective. What’s entertaining is that all the characters pop up each others’ stories, eith [...]

    • Book'd said:
      Jul 20, 2018 - 00:58 AM

      This was the first book that I read at home, in so many years of my reading extravaganza I never read at home, travelling and reading was a part of life once but the scenarios are changed a lot and now I no more read while travelling.Okay,About the book, Frankly, I picked up this book just by taking a look at the cover at crossword stores. Later read the reviews on GR. As it rarely happens, I didn't waste my money on this, a brilliant effort by Rohinton Mistry to throw a light on the lives of co [...]

    • Ankit Dubey said:
      Jul 20, 2018 - 00:58 AM

      "Don't you see, said Father, that you are confusing fiction with facts, fiction does not create facts, fiction can come from facts, it can grow out of facts by compounding, transposing, augmenting, diminishing, or altering them in any way; but you must not confuse cause and effect, you must not confuse with what really happened with what the story stays happened, you must not loose your grasp on reality, that way madness lies.""Father said, according to the theory, he is writing of these things [...]

    • Sneh Asnani said:
      Jul 20, 2018 - 00:58 AM

      The book contains 11 interconnected stories about residents of the Firozshah baag, a Parsi Community residential society. The book grips till the end, with brilliant story telling skills, the stories feel complete and partial at the same time. The charecters feel rich and poor at the same time and happiness intersects the lonely, sad hearts. It provides amazing insight into the Bombay style of living and the parsi community. The charecters seem real, next door kind and so are the stories, though [...]

    • Anamika said:
      Jul 20, 2018 - 00:58 AM

      Parsi author Rohinton Mistry can be seen as twice-removed from his origins. The Parsis as a community have mingled with India and yet remained largely unchanged. When a Parsi moves to Canada and writes of displacement, this is someone worth listening to! He knows what he's saying, as a representative of a community and as an individual. The stories, of the inhabitants of a decaying, tenacious, mildewed Parsi building in the heart of Bombay, absorbed and moved me. My all-time favourite is 'Condol [...]

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